Pediatrics Supporting Parents

Enhancing standards of care in pediatric well-child visits


What We Work For

We use the pediatric well-child visit to unite doctor and family to collectively support a child’s healthy development.

The first three years of a child’s life builds the foundation for life-long health and wellness, educational achievement, and economic security. In particular, social and emotional development in these years is paramount. Pediatric well-child visits currently support physical health and cognitive development of young children. However, given the universal nature of well-child visits, they also present an opportunity to set a course for conversations and interactions between parents and children to foster emotional connection and support the well-being of the child and their family.

How We Do It

Well-child visits take place during a time when families are available, engaged, and open to new ideas that promote their children’s healthy development.

The Pediatrics Supporting Parents project encourages health providers and parents to use well-child visits as a springboard for the child’s future healthy development.  We see this as an opportunity for discussing ideas that foster emotional connections and support the well-being of the child and family. We aim to enhance the standard of care in pediatric well-child visits and underscore three basic outcomes: children’s social and emotional development, the parent-child bond, and parental mental health.

We are working to transform the pediatric well-visit so that, in addition to standard care, it centers and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children.

Pediatrics Supporting Parents

We currently work with 15 pediatric clinics across the country that are implementing promising or innovative programs to promote social and emotional health of young children and their families.

To best leverage each well-child visit, we use the following tactics:

Focus on the social and emotional development of young children. Social and emotional development is a critical component of the overall healthy development needed for early school success and positive life outcomes. Parents and primary caregivers play an essential role in supporting their children’s social and emotional development in the early years of life.

Leverage the pediatric well-child visit to support social and emotional development. Regular well-child visits present an opportunity to develop a habit of healthy interactions between parents and children that foster emotional connections and support the well-being of child and parent.

Enhance the standard of care pediatric well-child visits. By learning and understanding how strategies are used in different settings, we hope to create a standard for pediatric well-child visits that fosters social and emotional development in the same way that they currently support physical health and cognitive development.

Pediatrics Supporting Parents Partners & Funders

Partners:

National Institute of Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ)NICHQ is focusing on the development of strategies that pediatric practices across the country can use to improve children’s socioemotional development and the caregiver child bond. Leveraging its background in improvement science, NICHQ provides oversight and technical assistance to support the pediatric practices as they test strategies, collect and analyze data, and report on findings that lead to sustainable improvement, which ultimately can be scaled nationally.

Funders:

This work is a joint initiative across five early childhood funders: Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and an anonymous individual contributor.

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Stephanie Doyle

Stephanie Doyle

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